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SergeFit
5.0
from 41 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kelly G.
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What can I say about Serge that isn't great? He has such a positive way of working with clients that both motivates and engages them. Whether you're looking to learn self defense or just get into 'fighting' shape – he's willing and able to create an individualized program for you that works with your needs!

Boxfitstrong
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Jack W.
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Evis is a great trainer with a lot of knowledge about Kickboxing and martial arts in general He is very easygoing and has a laid back personality but don’t let that fool you:) He can really push you to the max As an intermediate level student I found his method to be interesting His aproach is very methodical and challenging which is what I was looking for As far as training intensity he can really get the best out of you with a very calm way I had so much fun on my first day and really enjoyed his teaching

The Self Defense Experts
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Kelly K.
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Mark Kline couldn't have done a better job designing this program. The Self Defense Experts is an unparalleled training platform. Easy to learn and understand. - Awesome program!!

East Morris Karate Academy
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
George K. (Instructor) K.
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My training at the East Morris Karate Academy (EMKA) forms one of the foundations of my life. I have been a member of the Dojo for 28 years and I have been an Instructor there since 1996. The time commitment alone shows how valuable I consider my membership at EMKA. One of the reasons I joined the Dojo (at age 12) was to learn Self-Defense (from bullies). What I got goes far beyond that (though I have learned many effective self-defense techniques). The training gave me the self-confidence to avoid bullying without any physical altercations. This is just one of the many skills I have incorporated into my life through training at the Dojo. I learned how the effort you put in pays off in the results, I leaned discipline, awareness, courage, integrity and courtesy. Upon becoming an Instructor, the training only expanded. My continued training as an Instructor has given me lessons in leadership, planning, marketing and of course teaching. One of the unique things about this Dojo is how focused the training of instructors is on effective teaching techniques. I use things I’ve learned at EMKA everyday. I value the camaraderie between the students and my fellow instructors. I thank my Teacher Mr. Musco for his efforts at developing such an extraordinary place.

TigerStrong NYC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Sydney S.
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I've had a great experience working will Coach Bill Pratt. He has met my personal needs as a collegiate athlete and I can see my improvement from week to week. He is very knowledgable about self defense and fitness in general and has a very diverse skill set. I attribute my staying healthy for the cross country season to the strength he has been building with me.

Burrell Fitness
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Marie-Luisa C.
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I have been training with Scott for nearly a year now, my goals were to lose weight but mainly tone up, gain muscles and improve my shape. I also wanted to learn boxing and gain more self confidence and energy for my every day life. I especially need somebody who motivates me and I need to see results. Working with Scott I have achieved my goals, I look and feel a lot better and it is so much fun that I don't need any extra motivation to go to training! I was particularly impressed by Scott's enthusiastic personality, people skills and knowledge of his field. I have enjoyed training with Scott and he incorporated boxing into our training in a fun way and exactly at the amount I was looking for. He is very flexible and has adjusted the training to my wishes but he knows what I need and pushes me beyond what I thought I am capable of. I would highly recommend Training with Scott, he is a well experienced, knowledgable, motivated and fun trainer to work with.

  • 8 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Kate Z.
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NOTHING beats the experience you'll have at Shunato Karate. As a kickboxing student, Sensei Kato has not only taught me the essentials of self defense, but in the process has also taught me confidence, determination, focus, patience, and the importance of a happy workout. I've dropped 6 pant sizes just having fun! Shunato isn't just a dojo, it's a family. You're not going to find anything else like it, so stop looking. Come join us!

Dimensions NYC, INC
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jane O.
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For almost 10 years, Ali has been the perfect trainer for my 97-year old dad. With great sensitivity, respect and finesse, he has expertly crafted and customized workout experiences for my dad's specific and changing needs. He has helped my father to maintain his strength, independence and self-confidence by challenging him with various workout methods while always supporting him and encouraging him to stay active and fit both physically and mentally. He is patient, calm and has a great sense of humor, ensuring that their time together is enjoyable from start to finish for dad (even though it can sometimes be a challenge). While recuperating from a fall last year, dad became dangerously weak and had a hard time walking on his own or even getting up from bed or out of a chair. Ali monitored the situation closely and made sure that dad got back to the gym as soon as he was able, gradually and carefully helping him re-build his muscles, stamina and stability until he was again able to walk on his own, move freely, work out and enjoy his life as usual. The end result is that my dad is the strongest and happiest he's been in years. Ali is a treasure... a wise and consummate professional who consistently gets results!

Synergy Martial Arts
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kate F.
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The owners are supper friendly and treat everyone like family. The self defense instructor is great, and doesn't take himself to seriously. A fantastic class and I look forward to going every week.

  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Boo R.
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I've been studying FMA under Guro Alex for about 8 months. He not only helped me reconnect with FMA, but because of his background in fitness, has also shown me exercises to complement the martial arts training. If you are looking for an effective self-defense class but require a physical fitness element to complement that training, then I highly suggest you seek Guro Alex.

Gleason's Jersey Shore
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Reyna D.
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Jackie is awesome. She teaches the best techniques and has helped correct my form. She cares about everyone that walks into her gym and into her life. She cares that I get it right instead of just making money. I wish I could train more often with her because I know I would be in excellent condition and a supreme fighter. Or at the very least supreme in self defense if God forbid I should ever need it. When I think of great teachers Jackie is my top 3. Probably #1. I just wish she was closer to my area. Or I closer to hers. If your close to her gym. GO!!! you will fall in love with her spirit and commitment to training. You will will find a new home too. OK I really need to move. I would literally move closer just so I can go train with her on a regular basis. I don't drive so its not easy for me to get to her. But if you can... GO!!!

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Maria M.
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As my kids were entering their later years of grammar school and preparing to enter the middle grade system, I wanted to make sure they were mentally, emotionally and physically prepared for anything and everything that came their way. I wanted to keep them in shape, protect themselves, build confidence and increase their flexibility and so I found it right here in my home town, Sifu Ivan's Ultimate Martial Arts Acadamy. We have been training here for the past 6 months and this is as good as it gets when it comes to mixed martial arts. You will have an amazing time, meet new friends and find new levels of energy. After attending for several months now, I have noticed a huge positive improvement in the areas of confidence, focus, listening, strength, self esteem, endurance and grades. They are so eager to attend that we quickly went from once a week to twice a week. They look forward to learning new skills and mastering them in order to advance to the next level. The academy also reinforces the values of respect, friendship and family. It is an incredible environment to not only learn martial arts but to also have fun in the process. Sifu Ivan is an incredible instructor not only does he teach the skill, but relates it with life experiences and applies it with example. What a phenomenal experience filled with positive energy!

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We are life long Martial Arts family with decades of teaching civilian and Law Enforcement officers. M.A.C.S was founded in 1975 by Master Instructor and hall of famer Shihan Mac Sr.

  • 11 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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Because I'm not doing this solely to get paid. I want to live in a world where a large majority of the population has studied some form of the art. I believe that if a large enough group or community train the amount of negative things that happen will decrease because they would have something that instills them with purpose and meaning.

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I teach jiu jitsu, MMA, kickboxing, tai chi, cross fit and weapons arnis sticks/knife, and self-defense.

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I teach self-defense to students ages 18 and above. I"ll help you to kill your free time and get some goal. If you want to prevent, avoid, escape, or react instantly, I'll teach you how to do it.

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I offer personal training (i.e., resistance training, weight loss and muscle gain) and self-defense fight training.

  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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I am teaching self-defense and fitness based on Taekowndo, Jeet Kune Do, Arnis, boxing, and kickboxing. The student gets practical skills and sparring safely.

  • New on Thumbtack
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JKD NYC is an MMA gym in NYC, dedicated to promoting Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do for mixed martial arts, self-defense and pro fitness. We offer beginner- to advanced-level training in our MMA classes, self-defense classes, women's self-defense, and personal training in New York City. JKD NYC offers the only self-defense classes in NYC, based on the hand-to-hand combat program for our Navy Seals (Seal Team 6). Our MMA classes and training are based on Bruce Lee's JKD. Recently, JKD NYC was voted Top 5 MMA Gym in New York City by CBS News. We have a unique personal training approach to our classes and private sessions to get you in fighting shape. Our classes are a practical and fun approach to training for men, women and teenagers, ages 16 and up. We are an NY martial artist.

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Camden, NJ

  • Discipline
    Assault prevention
  • Age
    Adult
  • Skill level
    No experience
  • Details
    Need an instructor to come out maybe once or twice a month to teach senior citizens self defense
  • $150
    Average price
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